FM Ayyad Husain of Bahrain leads a group of players with two points after he took down the other IM in the tournament, Jordanian Sami Khader, who resigned on the 36th move after being completely outplayed in the middlegame
of a Modern Benoni Defence.
The course of the game is divided into three phases: opening, middlegame
, and endgame.
However, such a complex Sicilian middlegame
is typical of Black.
Separate chapters are devoted to opening, middlegame
and endgame strategy but the chapter on 'general strategy' is perhaps even more important.
I learned the discipline of memorizing openings, but also that I needed to understand the resulting middlegame
positions This belief influenced my later teaching belief that students must have some basic instruction before moving on to understanding.
He deals with poor opening preparation, inappropriate choice of openings and faulty judgement in the middlegame
is where the outcome of the chess match is usually decided; chapters examine the nuances of positional play, how to determine the circumstances in which certain pieces are more valuable than others, methods that can be used to corner the enemy king, and much more.
Everyman Chess has published Improve Your Opening Play by GM Chris Ward, Improve Your Middlegame
Play by IM Andrew Kinsman and Improve Your Endgame Play by GM Glenn Flear, each costing pounds 10.
The first was 'Modern Chess Openings', affectionately known as MCO, and the late Reuben Fine covered the rest of the game with the other two books, 'The Middlegame
in Chess' and 'Basic Chess Endings'.